If you are thinking of bringing your autistic child to Walt Disney World or to Disneyland, one of the first things that you need to do prior to going on your trip is to get a medical certificate from your child’s physician or psychologist indicating your child’s condition.
The doctor’s medical certification must indicate your child’s specific condition and any special needs that this particular condition requires. For example, if your child is having difficulty waiting in line for a couple of minutes or if your child is uncomfortable in being surrounded by a lot of people, your doctor must explicitly convey this in this certificate.
Here is a good example of a medical certificate which your doctor can give you -
To Whom It May Concern,
This is to certify that (Child’s Name) has been diagnosed with (Child’s Condition) and has been under my care since (Date). As he struggles with sensory issues, this prevents him from being able to wait in line for extended periods of time and prevents him from being in close proximity with a large group of people.
I would appreciate any assistance you can offer to (Child’s Name) and his family.
Securing your doctor’s medical certificate is very crucial as this will provide you access to the special services that the Disney Parks is offering. The medical certificate will be your ticket to acquiring the special guest assistance card which will allow your child and your family to wait in a separate, uncrowded area apart from where the regular queue is.
Once you get to Walt Disney World, bring your child’s medical certificate to the Guest Services and make sure that your autistic child accompanies you. Do not leave him with your spouse while you go in to get the pass. There have been many instances when some unscrupulous people have attempted to use the Special Guest passes even when they do not have any special conditions.
Needless to say, having this certificate will make your trip to the Disney Parks a lot easier not only for your child but also for the rest of the family.